ST. BONAVENTURE vs. CORTLAND
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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The 2019-20 St. Bonaventure University women's basketball season is here and fans can get their first look at this year's team Wednesday night at the Reilly Center as the Bonnies play host to the Cortland Red Dragons in this season's exhibition game. Tip is slated for 5:00 p.m.
All tickets are $7 and include admission to the men's game vs. Alfred which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. For more details, call the SBU Ticket Office at 716-375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
Head coach Jesse Fleming welcomes seven newcomers to this year's team. Olivia Tucker, Kaitlyn Parker, Olivia Brown and Claire Cody all join the Bonnies as freshmen. The Bonnies also add Kayla Wilson and Jurnee President who both are junior college transfers and will each have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The final newcomer to the program is transfer guard Tori Harris, who joins the team from James Madison. Harris will sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning next year.
The electric guard combo of sophomores Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis returns for year two with the Bonnies. Both Johnson and Francis are coming off impressive first seasons where they ranked second and third respectively on the team in scoring. Francis tallied 104 assists last season, the most by any Bonnies freshman in over 20 years, and led all conference freshmen in assists per game (4.4) during Atlantic 10 play to earn a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
Cortland enters the 2019-20 season looking to rebound from a 12-14 finish last year and will have to replace three starters from last year's squad. The Red Dragons will also look to replenish their scoring as they graduated four of their top five scorers from 2018-19.
Head coach Jacey Brooks enters her second season at the helm of the Red Dragons and led them to the conference tournament in her first season. Brooks is no stranger to the Reilly Center as she spent two seasons as the director of basketball operations before moving into an assistant coach role in the 2009-10 season. During that time, Brooks joined with current Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming on the Bona bench.
The Atlantic 10's agreement with ESPN+ to be the official video streaming partner of the conference means all St. Bonaventure games that are not shown on a national or regional TV network will be shown on ESPN+. The broadcasts will be produced in-house under the direction of Rick Karnath, an adjunct professor in the Jandoli School of Communication. Karnath will lead a group of students who will work alongside Athletics Department staff to air both men's and women's games. ESPN+ can be accessed in the Watch tab of the latest version of the ESPN App, available on the web, iPhone, iPad, tvOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and FireTV for a subscription of $4.99 per month.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 St. Bonaventure women's basketball season are on sale now for just $50. To order, call the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
The Bonnies open the 2019-20 regular season by welcoming St. John's (N.Y.) to the Reilly Center Tuesday, Nov. 5. Tip is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Following the women's game, the men's team begins its regular season campaign against Ohio at 7:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after the women's game.
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